ABOUT LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Both men and women seek laser hair removal. Hair removal is commonly done on the hairline, eyebrow, top of the nose, lip, chin, ear lobe, shoulders, back, underarm, abdomen, buttocks, pubic area, bikini lines, thighs, face, neck, breast, arms, legs, hands, and toes.
Laser Hair Removal For Men
For men, it is a popular solution for excessive hair on back, chest and legs. Men who have gained a level of fitness and muscle tone don’t want to hide their attractive muscles behind a thick coating of hair.
Facial hair can appear with hormonal changes including menopause. A moustache, sideburns or chin hairs as facial hair can detract from your looks .For men this is a great alternative to shaving daily.
Laser Hair removal is perfect for this area. It is not a big commitment. The treatment is fast, and when it is completed you don’t need to worry again. Underarm hair is a great place to start for the laser hair removal neophyte.
This is every woman’s dream – never shaving your legs again. Removing leg hair with laser hair removal is the ultimate choice for a woman and a fantastic luxury.
Today, swimwear is fashion that rivals a great handbag, shoes or scarf. With some women paying 7 – 8G upwards for a designer bikinis, that line better not be spoiled with extraneous hair. Bikini hair removal is one of the most popular forms of laser hair removal.
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Laser hair removal has been approved by the US FDA as ‘permanent reduction’,but doesn’t work on everyone. Most laser technologies provide for permanent reduction in hair growth 90% of the time, give or take +,- 10 %. People do need touch-up treatments 1-2 times a year after the initial set of treatments for any new growth your body develops with age. A set of at least 6-8 treatments at specified intervals are generally necessary. One can also reduce the density of hair on an area instead of removing it completely by having only a few treatments instead of the complete set of 6-8.
Most people need at least 6-8 initial treatments spaced 6-10 weeks apart. This is because hair grows in 3 phases and is killed in the first “anagen” active growing phase. Several treatments are needed to target ALL hair in the active growth phase. Approximately 6-10 weeks after every treatment, additional treatment is required to eliminate the hairs that came out of the dormant phase and are now active. After 6-8 treatments or so, patients should experience a considerable percentage of hair reduction. Depending upon hair type and genetic factors, some clients may require additional treatments beyond these initial treatments. If it seems like the treatments are not working after 6-8 treatments, patients should look into possible underlying reasons. Usually, treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart to start, and gradually move to 8-10 weeks apart after the initial 2-3 treatments. Instead of following an arbitrary schedule, wait until you have experienced shedding of the treated hairs (should complete within 2-3.5 weeks) and you see enough hair come in after the hair free period to justify the next treatment.
Everyone’s pain threshold is different, but generally laser hair removal is not much more painful than waxing, but the sensation is different. It resembles a rubber band snapping against the skin for a quick second with each pulse. Most people do not require an anesthetic cream (like EMLA), but one may be used for very sensitive patients/areas (can be provided or prescribed at the clinic).
You should shave the area to be treated 1-3 days before treatment (some clinics will offer to do this for you, but beware of irritation caused by disposable razors etc). No waxing or removing hair with the root with any other way is allowed 4-6 weeks before and throughout the course of treatment as hair needs to be in place to be targeted by laser. The area should be shaved as closely as possible so that laser can target the most energy towards the hair follicle and not waste energy on the part of the hair above the skin’s surface. If your hair is the type that you can’t see where it was right after you shave, make it a bit easier on your tech not to miss the spots you want treated by shaving 1-3 days before so the outline of where hair is growing is just VERY slightly visible.
Sameer Karkhanis, MD
Board-Certified Mumbai Plastic Surgeon
Chief Plastic Surgeon & the Director at CCRS is a qualified Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is Board Certified, with the qualification of DNB Plastic Surgery (Diplomate of National Board). He is an active member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.